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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 11 February 2016) . . Page.. 314 ..

(6) What credentials are required by the elderly to access this service.

Mr Rattenbury: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) During 2015, the Flexible Bus Service had 12,191 passenger boardings.

(2) Since the service’s launch in September 2014, a total of 14,537 bookings were made.

(3) The Flexible Bus Service was developed and funded to operate on a trial basis in its first year of operation to service Belconnen, Woden/Weston and Tuggeranong. TAMS is monitoring unmet need in other areas of Canberra to determine the feasibility of introducing services to these areas.

(4) In the 2014-15 Budget, $500,000 was provided for the establishment of the service and for the development and trial of an electronic booking system. This has been achieved and in the 2015-16 Budget, a further $496,000 was provided to ensure ongoing operations including NDIS transport.

(5) At present, the Flexible Bus service operates only on weekdays. There are no immediate plans to operate on weekends.

(6) A passenger’s eligibility to access the service is generally assessed on a case by case basis and a passenger may qualify for the service if they are:

seniors card holders with mobility issues;

seniors card holders aged 70 or over;

living in a nursing home and/or retirement village;

impacted by a permanent or temporary physical disability that prevents them from accessing regular route services;

holders of a Vision Impaired (VIP), or Total and Permanently Incapacitated (TPI) travel pass issued by Public Transport/ACTION;

impacted by other health issues that prevent them from accessing regular route services; or

carers and attendants required to assist any of the passengers listed above in using the service.

ACTION bus service—free wi-fi service
(Question No 566)

Mr Doszpot asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 19 November 2015 (redirected to the Minister for Economic Development):

Following the announcement that ACTION bus passengers will get access to free WiFi internet access on board buses (a) will WiFi be available on all buses and (b) when will this rollout occur.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) A trial of WiFi on ACTION buses commenced in December 2015. WiFi equipment has been installed on five buses. The results of the trial will inform the business case for a broader rollout across the ACTION bus network.

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